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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future




At St John XXIII we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.


We aim to ensure that pupils


  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate


Pupils learn through rich drama and speaking and listening experiences, a clear and structured spelling, grammar and handwriting programme and through weekly writing lessons with many opportunities for them to apply their learning through other subjects.


Teachers carefully plan writing to link to the half termly cornerstones topic, ensuring that there is a purposeful outcome to each piece of writing. In order to ensure that all pupils learn to be confident writers we encourage children to write creatively whilst teaching key writing skills explicitly and systematically. Writing takes place daily within English lessons and in other lessons is linked to the wider curriculum. Extended writing is encouraged and developed at all times and is evident in the Extended Writing books fortnightly.